I love the quote, “a man without a vision will return to his past.
Do you have friends or family who just can’t get beyond a certain place in life? I have seen people choose a comfortable past over the possibility of a bright future. Holding on to the past is the primary reason people stop growing.
Abraham is an excellent example of someone ready to grow into what God was doing next.
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1, NLT)
I have seen people get stuck and stay stuck in the past hundreds of times. We also see this in the scripture – the children of Israel. They wanted to return to Egypt as enslaved people rather than inherit God’s promise of freedom. They were stuck in the past. Think about that.
The children of Israel decided that returning to being a slave was better than living free.
Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” ( Numbers 14:4, NLT)
Let go of the past
How often have we experienced the drag of the past with the wind behind our back? We pay too much attention to our former days rather than live in the present and plan our future. This is the primary reason people stop growing.
George Orwell said: He who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past.
Our best life is always in front of us. Have you ever met a person who is a victim of their past? The former hurts are real, and the pain merited, but to stay in the disappointment of the past cripples all future progress.
We cannot allow our past experiences to be the mold that forms our future. People fear the unknown and fear unknown challenges. Our experiences do not shape us; it is our response to them.
We are never promised an easy life, and the challenges of life make us strong and help us grow.
Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
If the days are good, believe that there is no reason they can’t get better. And if life is handing you difficult moments, consider that a better life is ahead. -Laura McDonnell
The best is yet to come!
Our best future is a result of planning our future. My best future happened through seeing an opportunity and taking a risk to experience the opportunity.
Never let your memories be more significant than your dreams. -Douglas Ivester
Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. (Matthew 6:34)
Dream big. Plan big.
Don’t live in the past because you are worried about the future.” -Laura McDonnell
The most significant risk is the failure to take no risk.
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